– Hundreds of thousands of people from all across Michigan
and the region lined the streets of Woodward Avenue for the
80th edition of America's Thanksgiving Parade. Many of these
parade-goers came for their first time or brought their kids
to the parade to experience it for their first time.
you came with, it was a great time for all. It's nice to see
everyone coming together to enjoy such a wonderful event.
People from all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds were watching
the parade in person. One might think the parade is just for
kids. It can be very fun for teenagers, adults and senior
citizens to sit back and watch the entire parade go by.
at this year's parade was fantastic. Normally on Thanksgiving
morning, it would be freezing cold and possibily even snowing.
At the 2006 parade, the weather cooperated in a big way. It
was sunny and clear for most of the parade. The temperature
was very warm with the high in the mid-50's.
Thanksgiving Parade celebrated it's 80th birthday. It all
began in 1924. The parade took two years off during World
War II. The parade route matched the exact route the parade
followed back on day one. It started at the intersection of
Woodward and Mack and headed south to Congress Street. The
Distinguished Clown Corps. passed out 80,000 plastic coin
pouches to the spectators. Inside, you would find coupons
to area businesses or you could have been one of the 10 lucky
grand prize winners. There was a new float this year to commemorate
the parade's 80th birthday with a huge cake on it.
parade includes many of the annual favorites. There was Clownie,
The Fred Hill Briefcase Drill Team, The Mid American Pom Pon
All-Star Team, several marching bands, lots of floats and
balloons. The parade was also filled with lots of local celebrities
who "came home" for the 80th birthday of America's
Thanksgiving Parade. Karen Newman sang her hit "Christmas
Eve on Woodward Avenue" during the Parade Preview on
WDIV Local 4. Jeff Daniels also sang a Christmas tune as the
parade kicked off at Woodward and Mack.
celebrities who appeared in the parade include pop/rock musician
Andrew WK, The Contours, two stars from CW's 7th Heaven,
Keith Famie (chef and Survivor contestant), Miss
Michigan, Miss Teen Michigan, KEM (Detroit singer, songwriter,
musician and producer), Mary Lynn Rajskub (star on FOX's 24),
Naima Mora (winner of America's Next Top Model).
At the very end of the parade was Santa Claus himself.
Gerby is a resident of Northville, MI. It was her first time
at America's Thanksgiving Parade. She arrived at 7:30 a.m.
and was one of the lucky ones to purchase a ticket to sit
in the grandstand. Her favorite part of the parade is to see
Schwartz came to the parade with her sister, daughter and
great nephew. They are all from West Bloomfield, MI. It was
their first time to be at the parade. They've never even watched
it on TV before. Schwartz enjoys seeing "the
princesses and Santa."
Eng was one of the balloon operators dressed as a clown. He
is a student at U of D high school. He said the entire hockey
team volunteered at the parade to help move the balloon down
Woodward Avenue. Eng said, "he's been to it [the
parade] before but it was his first time being in it."
is a resident of Eastpointe, MI. It was his third time at
America's Thanksgiving Parade and he arrived early at 6:30
a.m. He came with his wife, two daughters, next door neighbor
and some additional friends. Sheikh enjoys, "the
floats that have songs on it. Santa Claus. I like to see all
the people get together and have a good time."
Gamble is from Madison Heights, MI. She arrived at around
7:30 a.m. in the morning. When asked if it was her first year
at the parade, she said, "No we come every year.
It's probably our 10th year." Gamble enjoys
seeing the new floats. She came with her sister, niece and
two of her cousins.
Fressel is a resident of Allen Park, MI. She's been coming
to the parade for the last 10 years as well. Fressel came
to the parade with "my family and friends. There's
about 25 of us." They enjoy seeing the briefcase
drill team. Fressel arrived at 6:30 a.m.
is a Michigan resident who just came back from spending 6
years at missionaries in Africa. It was his very first time
at Amercia's Thanksgiving Parade. What does he like best?
Howell said, "The floats. The kids want to see
Murray came to the parade from Pinckney, MI. It was her second
time at the parade. She came with her son and seven of her
cousins. Their favorite part of the parade was Santa. Murray
added, "We loved the caterpillar."
Messing is from Romeo. It was also her first time at the parade
and she got there at around 7:45 a.m. She came with her four
kids, some cousins, grandma, and some aunts and uncles. Their
favorite part of the parade was also the man in the big red
suit. Messing said, "The balloons are fantastic!"
Campbell came from Macomb, MI. He arrived to the parade at
about 7:30 a.m. He came with his wife and four kids. Campbell
said he enjoyed "the spinning of the balloons,
the briefcase men and the bands." It was his
second time at the parade with his wife. However, it was the
first time that he brought the kids to see it.
Shook is a resident of New Haven, MI. He arrived at the parade
at 6:30 a.m. It was his first time and he enjoyed "the
balloons, floats. I like the briefcase drill team. Those guys
Allum is a teenager from Harper Woods, MI. She has been going
to the parade "since I was a baby."
Allum came with a group of 10, mostly friends and family.
She enjoys seeing "pretty much everything. Captain
Underpants for balloon."
volunteered as one of the clowns in the parade. He's got 20
years of experience in the clown business. Lambeau has been
participating in America's Thanksgiving Parade for 10 years.
He even attended a clown school in Lansing. He enjoys working
for the circus.
is a resident of White Lake. He arrived at America's Thanksgiving
Parade at 7:00 a.m. He comes to the parade almost every year.
His favorite part of the parade is "Santa. I
like it all!"
is from Sterling Heights, MI. She has been attending the parade
for the last two years in a row. Peltz's daughter is one of
the members of the Warren Mott marching band which was in
the parade this year. Peltz arrived at around 7:30 a.m.
Thanksgiving Parade is a fun time for all. Watcing the parade
on TV is alright but seeing it in person is magical! If you
couldn't make it to the parade this year, I would strongly
recommoend for you to come down and see it next year. It's
great for all ages from young to old.
special thank you goes out to The Parade Company and Lovio
George Inc. for allowing us to cover the event on Woodward